Silke Reichrath, M. A.

Professional and Volunteer Experience:

Board member and volunteer translatorMar. 2006 - ongoing

Community Empowerment Collective

·Translate web pages from English to French and German

·Participate in discussions about directions for the NGO

Senior Project Officer, Canadian International Immunization InitiativeOct. 2004 – June 2006

Canadian Public Health Association

·Wrote a communications strategy and coordinated a consultative group on communications.

·Oversaw the creation of new communications materials, an updated web site and a new conference booth, including the selection of materials, writing of text, and supervision of writers, translators, designers, printers and web experts. 

·Participated in program administration and narrative and financial reporting to CIDA. 

·Maintained linkages and negotiated short-term consultancies with the World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, UNICEF and Canadian consultants.

·Represented the project at selected meetings and conferences in Canada and Latin America.

·Recruited, contracted, maintained communications with and debriefed Canadian public health professionals who worked as short-term consultants in immunization and disease surveillance in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

·Arranged mission logistics and pre-departure briefings and documentation. 

·Compiled and analyzed post-mission reports from consultants.

·Wrote a review on gender issues in immunization and gave gender briefings for consultants.

Volunteer TranslatorApr. – June 2005

SOS Children's Villages Canada

·Translated news articles from English to French for website

Consultant, Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM)

International Development Research Centre, OttawaOntarioSep. 2004 - Mar. 2005

·Edited and indexed a publication with case studies featuring the program’s learning about and experiences with CBNRM.

·Coordinated the production process for the volume.

·Finalized a working paper on equity in access to natural resources.

·Wrote a related article on gender and natural resource management for an IUCN publication.

Research Officer, Minga and CBNRMJuly 2003 - Aug. 2004

International Development Research Centre, OttawaOntario

·Managed the CBNRM Virtual Resource Centre (administrative and technical aspects).

·Coordinated the Dissemination and Communication initiative for the natural resource management in Latin America program (‘Minga’).

·Revised Minga’s gender strategy and developed gender mainstreaming proposal for the new Rural Poverty and Environment (RPE) Program Initiative.

·Assisted with background research and writing of drafts of the program proposal for RPE.

·Wrote a review of Minga programming, a review of global policy agendas in CBNRM, and a literature review on equity in access to natural resources.

·Coordinated hiring processes for CBNRM intern, website consultant, and summer student.

·Coordinated a selection process for CBNRM sponsored participants in an IASCP conference.

·Maintained web-sites and acted as a first point of contact for enquiries. 

·Organized events and meetings and kept minutes. 

·Reviewed concept notes and proposals, drafted project approval documentation, and assisted in project monitoring. 

·Tracked financial and other project information on a program basis. 

·Generated and provided information on request. 

·Prepared written, graphic and visual materials for public presentation.

Research Officer,Peacebuilding and Reconstruction (PBR)Sep. 2001 – June 2003

International Development Research Centre, OttawaOntario

·Managed a project on Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA), reported to co-funders, participated in policy discussions, and conducted an internal five-year review.

·Carried out a review of PBR’s experiences with gender mainstreaming.

·Wrote foreword & executive summary for publication on Gender & Peacebuilding in Colombia.

·Participated in Women, Peace and Security network.

·Liaised with Canadian and international researchers, government departments, NGOs and donors.

Central America Research Officer, PBRJan. 2001 – Sep. 2001

International Development Research Centre, OttawaOntario

·As parental leave replacement for the responsible Program Officer, managed 13 ongoing research projects and negotiated 5 new projects in Central America andColombia.

·Identified new programming opportunities; assessed project proposals, reports and evaluations; corresponded with academics, practitioners and donors; wrote project documents; negotiated contracts; and provided technical support to partners.

·Designed and implemented a call for proposals for a Central America regional project, including drafting and disseminating the guidelines, coordinating and participating in the review of proposals, and communications with proponents.

·Developed a network of government, NGO and academic contacts in the areas of land tenure, education reform, fiscal reform, and human security in Central America and Canada.

·Participated in Annual Peacebuilding Consultations, Guatemala Consultative Group and conference on Violence and Peacebuilding in Colombia.

·Traveled to GuatemalaNicaragua and Costa Rica to develop PBR programming.

Intern, PBRJan. 2000 – Dec. 2000

International Development Research Centre, OttawaOntario

·Gradually took over responsibility for management of half the Central America portfolio.

·Researched ways to incorporate a gender perspective in PBR projects.

·Designed information material on PBR and co-edited a working paper.

·Analyzed current events and wrote policy briefs.

·Traveled to GuatemalaEl SalvadorCosta Rica, and Palestine for program development.

·Completed my thesis reviewing the effectiveness of multi-stakeholder commissions as a mechanism for indigenous participation in the implementation of the Guatemalan Peace Accords.

Field ResearcherOct. 1999 – Dec. 1999

Consejo de Organizaciones Mayas de Guatemala (COMG), Chimaltenango, Guatemala

·Conducted field research on the Maya-Government Mixed Commissions established under the Accord on Indigenous Identity and Rights of 1996.

·Assisted COMG, a Mayan NGO, in its daily activities.

Summer Employee, Policy and Planning GroupMay 1999 – Aug. 1999

International Development Research Centre, OttawaOntario

·Compiled an annotated bibliography and a literature review on links between research and policy making.

·Reviewed Project Completion Reports for 24 projects from 12 Program Initiatives.

·Analyzed material for Corporate Strategic Planning Framework.

·Conducted a comparative study of the priority areas of different donor agencies.

Research AssistantSep. 1998 – Apr. 1999

Teaching and Learning Resource Centre, CarletonUniversity,Ottawa

·Interviewed instructors about innovative uses of information and communication technology in teaching and published findings on the Internet.

·Wrote newsletter articles on new practices in education.

Research AssistantJan. 1999 – May 1999

Senator Pearson’s Office, Government of Canada, Ottawa

·Provided research support to Senator Pearson during the Public Hearings and Roundtable Meetings of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Self-Government.

·Updated the Senator's website.

InternMay 1998 – Aug. 1998

Radio for Peace International, University for Peace,Costa Rica

·Recorded, announced and broadcast short-wave radio programs.

·Researched, wrote and voiced reports on development issues.

Canadian RepresentativeAug. 1996 – Nov. 1999

Desarrollo del Pueblo, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

·As Canadian Representative for this locally run Spanish-as-a-Second-LanguageSchool, designed and distributed promotional materials, responded to inquiries and processed registrations.

·As coordinator in the summer of 1997, organized social activities and trips, translated, and mediated between students and staff.

InternMay 1997 – June 1997

Behrhorst FoundationChimaltenangoGuatemala

·Assisted with productive projects of rural women’s groups (micro-credit, vegetable gardens).

·Researched potential funding sources.

·Co-facilitated a week-long AIDS workshop for rural health promoters.

Peer Support VolunteerSep. 1996 – Apr. 1997

Student Services, University of CalgaryAlberta

·Advised students about academic regulations and services.

·Facilitated decision-making with personal and professional problems.

Program Assistant for Student ServicesSep. 1995 – Apr. 1996

Student Services, University of CalgaryAlberta

·Developed the Language Bank program, including design of a computer database, promotional material, and language teaching manual; supervision of volunteer committee; advertising and media relations; planning of social events; and public presentations.

·Organized day-trips and social activities for international students.

International Student Centre VolunteerSep. 1994 – Apr. 1997

Student Services, University of CalgaryAlberta

·Initiated the Language Bank program for linguistic and cultural exchange.

·Assisted clients, organized events, staffed information tables, updated materials in study & work abroad library.


Certificate in Continuing Education in Professional Translationongoing

School of Continuing Studies, University of TorontoTorontoOntario

·Distance education certificate in French – English translation

Master of ArtsSep. 1997 – Aug. 2000

Norman Paterson School of International AffairsCarletonUniversityOttawaOntario

·Development Stream; GPA 10.9 of 12.

·Thesis (with Distinction): Multi-stakeholder dialogue tables as a mechanism for Civil Society Participation in the Implementation of the 1996 Peace Accords in Guatemala.

Bachelor of ArtsSep. 1993 – Apr. 1997

University of CalgaryCalgaryAlberta

·Major in French; Minor in Spanish; GPA 3.8 of 4.0

·Silver Medal for Humanities (Best Graduate in Department of French, Italian and Spanish)

Skills and Interests:

Languages: English, Spanish, French and German 

Computer Skills: Word, WordPerfect, FrontPage, PowerPoint, Excel, Netscape, Internet Explorer, Eudora, Outlook Express, PostNuke, EPIK

Other Characteristics: Very organized and efficient; strong team player; committed to partnerships; ability to synthesize large amount of information; quick learner; extensive intercultural experience; dedicated to social equity

Clubs and Committees:

Guatemala Solidarity Committee1999-2001

Oxfam Campus Club (co-founder) 1998-1999

WUSC Local Committee 1998-1999

Project Accompaniment1996-1997

Amnesty International 1994-1995


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